Israeli Under-20 soccer team qualifies for quarter-finals of Mondialeto: Coach Ofir Haim proud of “lots of soul and heart” performance

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2023-05-31 01:28:13

The Israeli national team under the age of 20 is one of the eight best national teams in the world. It sounds imaginary, but about a year after she was stopped only in the final of the U19 European Championship, tonight (between Tuesday and Wednesday) she beat Uzbekistan 0:1 and qualified for the quarter-finals of the Mondialeto in Argentina.

Equally amazing is that after the victory over Japan in the decisive match for qualifying for the group stage with a goal in the 90th+2nd minute from the feet of Omar Senior, tonight Anan Halaila scored in the 7th+90th minute, a minute before the eight-minute overtime ended.

Coach Ofir Haim said at the end: “I’m very proud of the boys. It was a very difficult game, like a cup final and it’s very dangerous. We didn’t play well enough and smart enough, but we showed a lot of character and determination and we believed we could win. We deserved to win and we did it with Lots of soul and heart. Everything in my life is going hard and I fight tooth and nail to achieve everything, apparently this is what God has chosen for me. Now I’m happy to the roof.”

The coach of the Israeli national team up to the age of 20 is Ofir Haim | Official website, Essi Kiper, the Football Association
Israel national team players up to the age of 20
indomitable | Official website, Essi Kiper, the Football Association

What do we learn about the Israeli soccer player thanks to this team: “First of all, believe in the Israeli soccer player. We have an amazing team, a very special team. Now the situation is different because there are expectations from us and the players met them bravely. The free ball at the end that led to the goal? We have an arsenal of drills and I I don’t know what they chose to do, but of course it was an exercise we worked on.”

On a possible meeting with Brazil (or Tunisia) in the quarter-finals: “Whoever comes is welcome. We will prepare well. We have another day of rest, we will prepare ourselves well and we want to reach the semi-finals. I told you not to fall asleep and that it will be worth it. We will do everything To make everyone happy in the next game as well.”

Goal scorer Anan Halayela added to the coach’s words: “Very exciting. Thank you to all the people of Israel who stayed up until 2 in the morning to see us. I felt that this was my day, I had a good feeling, I knew. This is a group of men, winners one by one. Everything is possible, even a quarter The final. We are not suckers at all, no less good than any team in the tournament. All this pain is worth it.”

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